• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explain how the authors create tension and suspense in

Extracts from this document...


Explain how the authors create tension and suspense in "The Body Snatcher" by Robert Louis Stevenson and "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In the two stories tension and suspense is created through many different methods. Weather and time of day are very popular scene settings to make the perfect moment in a tension story. Thunderous skies and pelting rain on a dark night has more of a chilling feel to it than a sweet summers day with sunflowers and butterflies flapping around. Of course there are times and places for such story writing, but it would not fit the mood for a Sherlock Holmes story. In "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle the drama and suspense begins immediately, and the reader is given almost a description of what he or she is in store for. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle makes it known directly that Sherlock Holmes only accepts cases to solve that seem out of the ordinary, and he is about to be prompted into quite an unordinary situation. This places the reader in a quizzing state of mind, so already the reader's attention has been grasped, and throughout the story like a detective the reader will pick at each detail of the story. ...read more.


From this and an earlier description of him by his stepdaughter, from which we learn that he has killed two people already we realise that he has particularly violent tendencies. Suspense is created by the description of Roylott as such a dangerous character, and because of this we fear for the safety of Holmes, Watson and Miss Hudson. Our picture of Roylott as a dangerous and violent man is reinforced when he bends the poker with his bare hands and then hurls it into the fireplace 'snarling' at Holmes before leaving. Watson and Holmes, intrigued by the case that Helen has presented them with, soon find their way to the house of Dr. Roylott to examine Julia's room, where Helen was presently sleeping due to reconstruction. This brings tension to the story immediately, because Helen is sleeping in the room where her Sister was murdered, at a time so close to her wedding. As you can see all the pieces are slowly slotting together, and the picture is becoming a lot clearer and it seems not that all these things are slotting into place just my coincidence. ...read more.


Knowing that the ventilator is the only possible way of Roylott connecting himself between the two rooms, it is obvious that it has something to do with the murder of Julia. When the snake drops through the ventilator, under the darkness we cannot see anything, the dark itself is tense enough, but to be attacked by a creature in the dark, or to be attacking a creature in the dark, is a very anxious moment in the story, and it is where the Tension peaks. Hearing the scream of Dr. Roylott only means that the story has ended in the same way as any decent detective story would have, the villain has ended up dead due to his own devious deeds, and the innocent can life without fearing. In Conclusion I believe that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has created tension very well in his story, and by making the evidence slot together piece by piece it also allows the reader to interact with the story itself, trying to guess the conclusion before you reach the end of the story. There are certain "red herrings" in the story such as the gypsies being mentioned for no apparent reason, and the little involvement the cheetah had in the story, but if were not kept on our toes then it wouldn't be so suspenseful... ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Arthur Conan Doyle section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Arthur Conan Doyle essays

  1. Compare and contrast the ways in which tension and suspense are created in,

    Haunted houses and houses in horror literature are almost always old for this reason. Wells, Doyle and Bronte all use the descriptions of their characters to create suspense. In A.O.T.S.B and T.S.B the characters physical appearance is described as mysterious and having an unknown quality.

  2. Examine how suspense and tension are created in The Stolen Bacillus & The Adventure ...

    There is a 'cry of a nightbird', which normally represents something to be feared of. There is also a cat-like whine from outside the window, and they could hear the 'deep tones of the parish clock that boomed out every quarter of an hour'.

  1. How is tension built up in the monkeys paw, and in the telltale heart? ...

    When the old man groans, this quickens the pace of the story, as the narrator starts talking about his fears, and the old mans fears of death. The sentences used become much shorter and precise, without commas, thus making the reader read faster.

  2. Examine How Tension and Suspense are ¡®Created in The Stolen Bacillus¡¯ and ¡®The Adventure ...

    In his excited speech on the deadliness of the disease on page two, wells uses personification to describe the virus. The bacteriologist refers to the germ directly as 'death', saying that it will creep into the water mains, he almost says that it has an intelligence, saying that it will

  1. Compare the way the authors of "The Red Room", "The Old Nurse's Story", and ...

    the story, these red hearings lead us to believe things that are not true an example of one is "it seems likely enough that the weighed coat had remained when the striped body had been sucked away into the river".

  2. Examine the characters and settings that the authors have used in each story.

    Public hangings were also very common. Jack the Ripper was someone who went round killing and attacking woman in the streets. He murdered lots of prostitutes and sent body parts of victims to the police to show off his crimes.

  1. Examine the ways in which the author, creates suspense and tension in ‘The Speckled ...

    Dr Roylott followed Miss Stoner to Mr Holmes house. This makes Dr Roylott seem a desperate person seeing as he is willing to spy on his stepdaughter and it therefore seems that he has something to hide. Dr Roylott is described as a man with 'immense strength' and with a very short-tempered anger.

  2. Discuss how the authors create tension and discuss the devices used to mislead the ...

    ?The monkey?s paw!?. Not only adding tension, this then reminds us of Julia?s dying words in ?The Speckled Band?, ?It was the band! The speckled band!? It is interesting that in both the stories, the mystery in each is completely based on the title.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work